|Monday, April 11, 2005
Brewers Home Opener
97.3 FM The Brew Tent in the
Miller Park parking lot
201 S 46th St
|Sound: Sound Decision
Operated by Mark Hartzell
Assisted by Jeff Everts
Stage Tech: Pat Collins
Headbanger's Ball - Medley
Monkey Business - Skid Row
Unskinny Bop - Poison
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Lay It Down - Ratt
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Turn Up the Radio - Autograph
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Cult of Personality - Living Colour
Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
Down on Me - Jackyl
Round and Round - Ratt
Ah Leah - Donnie Iris
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
("Producer" John on drums)
Nothin' but a Good Time - Poison
Have a Drink on Me - AC/DC
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
|A Word from Josh:
There are a couple of times a year when I somehow realize, with a bit of surprise, that I'm far from the only geek in the world who actually still likes baseball. In a city where Major League economics have relegated the Brewers to a persistent state of mediocrity in a sport stained by steroids and labor disputes, I had no idea that Opening Day is such a BIG DEAL. It was awesome; tens of thousands of people attending the game and parties going on nonstop outside the stadium hours before the first pitch. This was our first time participating in the festivities. We understand that this was also the first time that they had good weather for the opener since Miller Park opened. Sure, we'll take credit for that. This was also the first time that our good buddies at 97.3 FM The Brew and The Wicked Hop sponsored a stage here. It was a learning experience for all of us. Namely, next year we should get bigger tents! I suppose it should be no surprise that the combination of brats, beer and Cherry Pie at a Brewer game would be so popular. Longs lines for food & drinks and a music tent filled to capacity from the first to last notes indicated a successful event that should be a Milwaukee tradition for years to come. Organizers did nail one thing on the head with their insistence on having the most Porta-John's (a name our own Johnny Spandex takes exception to) of any of the parties. Yes, we have our priorities in the right place. Our day started out quite early. After dropping our equipment off at the stage at about 7 AM we headed to the 97.3 FM The Brew studio where we joined morning hosts Lynch & Meyers for some whimsical banter for about 45 minutes. This time we did not bring our guitars and we did bring Rico, so the results were less musical but more hilarious than last time. I know it's cliché, but it's absolutely true that the funniest stuff came during moments when we were not on the air. Then we headed back to the stadium to set up our gear. We started our 2-hour set at about 10:45 AM. It is so weird to hear John say to a crowd "Good Morning!!" We had a lot of fun during the festive show and met a lot of cool people including some new fans who are too young for the bars. During "You Shook Me All Night Long" Lynch and Meyers joined us on stage to play tambourine and offer some back-up vocals. Another Brew staffer known simply as Producer John played drums for that one. Now, John did a fine job on drums but, as many of you know, Rico has a really weird drum kit which includes a second hi-hat on the right side. Well, John never seemed to get a grip on which pedal did what and, as a result, played virtually the whole song without bass drum. Jazz baby! We finished our set allowing sufficient time for people to walk over to the stadium for the beginning of the game. But these folks didn't care. We did an encore during which people seemed to be fighting for space in the crowded tent. When we finished for real we packed up quickly so that we could go enjoy some of the game ourselves. The Brewers beat the Pirates 6-2. WooHoo! --Josh
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"OMG what a blast!!!!!!!!!just pulling into the stadium you could feel the energy in the air, everyone was fired up for what was sure to be a fun-filled day!! Walking from the car to the tent we saw all sorts of tail-gaters setting up their camps, and all the radio station tents had parties going on but once you reached 97.3 THE BREW'S tent it was already jammin at 10:00am!!! It was a very fun crowd rowdy but not out of hand, everyone had a brat in one hand and a Miller beer in the other, once inside the tent people rushed the stage at the beginning of the first song and quickly the tent was crammed full of rockin, partyin' Brewer/CP fans. A few of the regular faces showed up and alot of new ones!!!! But i found myself having to keep remembering it was 11:00am on a weekday and we still had a game to watch!!!!! the energy was magnetic and the crowd wanted more and more, i do believe if CP played on the crowd would of forgotten all about the game. The highlight of the show would have to be when Lynch & Myers plus John the morning show producer set foot on stage to rock out to AC/DC, what a riot and for others the highlight was when after handing out tons of BREW shirts (some sweatier then others) John had a challenge for one fan..........she could have a official CP shirt if she would change out of her old shirt and into the new front row center, and of course she gave us all a show!!!!! Nice tan by the way ;) what an awesome opening day!!!!!!!"
"Great show at opening day. Haven't seen you guys in a snakes age .Forgot how kick-ass your shows are. I will be back for more. Peace and Love always."
"You guys were the rock of Opening Day!!! So glad the Brew had you booked. Thanks again John for the shirt....It was worth the "work"!!!"
Producer John from Lynch and Meyers on 97.3 THE BREW:
"As usual you guys kicked ass and yes, I promise if Rico explains the pedals to me I can make AC/DC sound a little tighter!!! But all you guys rocked and we love working with the band. Pat, the roadie and hardest working man I have ever know, Thanks for everything you let us put the band through. Keep rocking boys and thanks for working with us from Milwaukee Classic Rock Station 97.3 THE BREW!!!"
"Hey guys!!! What an unexpected turnout and I would have to agree with Kat about how strange it seemed to be look around and realize I had a beer in my hand, I was rocking with CP, and it wasn't even noon yet!! Anyway, I would like to thank all of you for making Mikey's day a day he will remember forever!! Took me hours to settle him down enough to go to bed!! You guys are the best!! Future Metal Head had been born!"